KES 2011 is organised by the University of Kaiserslautern and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH.
The University of Kaiserslautern
The University of Kaiserslautern is a research-oriented German university with a scientific-technological profile. It has a beautiful mid-size campus located at the edge of the world-famous UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Palatinate Forest. It consists of 10 departments offering 85 study programmes to 12,100 students. The University has 1,126 employees, 167 professors, and 600 academic staff. The University's Centre for Distance Studies and Continuing Education is Germany's second largest provider in Graduate Distance Education.
The University of Kaiserslautern is internationally renowned for its excellence in research and graduate education. It is located amidst a high-profile cluster of research centres and technology transfer institutes. A special feature of its research activities and graduate education is the strong link to national and international industries and the fruitful interaction with the affiliated research institutes, united in a registered association called Science Alliance Kaiserslautern and lined up in the so-called 'science mile' along the campus.
Kaiserslautern is known as one of the largest IT clusters in Europe.
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Since its foundation in 1988, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, based in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen and supplemented by a project office in Berlin, has become the world's leading research center in this field. The financial budget in 2009 was approx. 39 million Euro. DFKI projects cover the whole spectrum from application-oriented basic research to market- and client-oriented design of product functions. Currently more than 390 employees from 51 countries are conducting research focusing on knowledge management, multi-agent technology, simulated reality, language technology, intelligent user interfaces, image understanding, pattern recognition, robotics, safe and secure cognitive systems, augmented vision and information systems. Impact: more than 60 professorships of former DFKI employees, and more than 50 spin-off companies with more than 1,300 highly qualified jobs.